What about the Holiday Blues, Dec. 15-21

Message Outline

Accept the truth that the blues are not sinful

God gets sad

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Isaiah 53:3

Biblical heroes had the blues

… my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief. Psalm 31:9

 

Trust God with your blues

God is in charge and cares – comfort

The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, … Nahum 1:7

Jesus has saved you forever – security

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38–39

God is with you – presence 

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,  I will fear no evil, for you are with me; … Psalm 23:4

Jesus is returning  – hope

… there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain … Revelation 21:4 

 

Take wise care of yourself 

Take care of your body: eat, sleep and exercise

Take care of your soul: pray and read the Word

Take care to be with people

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9–12

Take care of other people

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45

 

 

Group Discussion Questions

  1. When in your life have you felt depressed? What caused it and how did you deal with it? Are you feeling some holiday blues this year? Share about your feelings this year.
  2. How would you defend the truth that the blues are not sinful from the Bible? What messages have you heard growing up or in your culture that undermine this truth?
  3. Why is it sometimes hard to trust God when you are sad, depressed or feeling blue?
  4. Bruce shared four truths we can trust about God: He is in charge and cares, Jesus has saved you forever, God is with you, and Jesus is returning. Which of these four most helps you when you are feeling sad or depressed? Why?
  5. In his message Bruce gave us four ways to take wise care of ourselves: Take care of your body, take care of your soul, take care to be with people, and take care of people. Which of these four most helps you when you are depressed? Which is that hardest for you to do and why?
  6. Which of the four ways to take wise care of yourself do you most need to give attention to during this holiday season? What could you do?
  7. Picture a friend or family member who is struggling this year with holiday blues. Based on what we have learned, how could you best help your friend?

 

Family Discussion Questions

  1. What is your most favorite part of Christmas?
  2. Read Psalm 13:5-6. How has God been good to you this year? Take turns thanking God in prayer for his blessings in your life this year.
  3. Does everyone feel joyful and happy at Christmastime? Why might some people feel sad?
  4. Do you know some people who may be feeling sad or lonely this Christmas? Read Galatians 6:2, Ephesians 4:2 and Colossians 3:12. What does God tell us to do for those who are troubled?
  5. Is there someone you know that you can come alongside and comfort this Christmas season? What will you do to help carry their burdens?
  6. How did Jesus come to bear our burdens?
  7. What hope do we have in the truths of Psalm 46:1-2 and Revelation 21:4?
  8. Here are some suggestions of ways you can keep Christ in Christmas this year: christianity.about.com/od/holidaytips/p/keepchristmas.htm

 

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